By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
FORGAN, Okla. — After Guymon’s 41-22 loss at No. 19 (Class B) Forgan on Tuesday night, Guymon head coach Tim Hofferber was at a loss for words.
He had just watched his team execute his game plan — for one quarter — before everything fell apart. The Lady Tigers (6-11) led 11-9 after the first quarter.
“I tell my girls the truth, you stunk it up,” Hofferber said. “Now, why? I don’t know, I don’t know if we have all the answers to that.”
Forgan (10-6) opened with a 5-0 run, led by game-high scorer Kenzi Taylor. But Guymon responded with a slow, methodical game plan designed to keep Forgan’s prolific scorers on the defensive.
Chyna Corral hit two straight to make it 5-4, then Destinee Belden hit two and a freebie to tie it at 7 with 2:47 left in the first. Forgan took the lead, Corral tied it, then the Lady Tigers got a stop and converted when Ashlyn Wadley scored to give Guymon an 11-9 lead.
Then life got bad for Guymon.
Forgan outscored the Lady Tigers 15-0 in the second quarter and Guymon found itself down 24-11 at the half.
“We started getting some spacing and getting some good shots,” Firgan head coach Brett Trippet said. “We made some good passes at times. Kaci Hall made some great passes.”
Missing from the equation was Gabrielle Costilla.
“They took away Gabrielle pretty hard,” Hofferber said. “They tried to take away Chyna, too. To her defense, I thought she responded pretty well. Offensively, she was the only gun we had out there.”
Trippet was happy about his team’s defensive effort against Costilla, one of Guymon’s top players.
“Defensively I thought we had a solid effort,” Trippet said.
The woes continued for Guymon in the third as it managed just two Costilla free throws and trailed 35-13 entering the final frame. Guymon outscored Forgan’s second team 9-6 in the fourth.
“In the second quarter (Forgan) didn’t make any adjustments, it seemed like we lost all of our confidence in our own abilities,” Hofferber said. “Try as I might to put them in positions that they might be more comfortable with just in formations and maybe some of the screening type things we were doing, and yet still, sometimes it comes down to you’ve got to make an athletic play. We only had one girl out there making athletic plays, it seemed like.”
Rebounding was part of the problem. Forgan would get second and third looks to Guymon’s one-and-done.
“Our rebounding was not good at all,” Hofferber said. “And it’s been good.”
Ashlyn Wadley saw limited playing time due to illness.
“Everybody else out there was 100 percent,” Hofferber said. “As far as I’m concerned, no excuse.”
Forgan was led by Kenzi Taylor, who had a monster game shooting, scoring 15 of her game-high 27 in the first half. It was just another day at the office for the sophomore.
“She does that all the time,” Trippet said. “A lot of that was off of passes, too.”
Lindsey Trippet added 8, Samantha Leisher and Kaci Hall 3 each.
Corral led Guymon with 10 points, Belden added 3, Wadley, Costilla and Ashton Sledge 2 apiece and Taylor Landes 1.